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Common Social Security Disability Terms

ALJ – Administrative Law judge.  This is the person who will be making the decision about your disability at the hearing level.  The Judge runs the hearing, will ask you questions, and will ask questions of any experts present. DDS – Disability Determination Services.  This is the agency, usually a…

What Social Security does not consider in deciding your claim

Clients often ask my what Social Security considers in determining their claim.  I tell them that Social Security looks at their medical records, doctor’s statements, and their own statements to create a residual function capacity (rfc).  This is essentially what activities SSA believes you can do after taking into account…

Chronic pain and mental Health

Time and time again I meet clients just starting their disability applications.  They’ve recently been injured or stopped working due to a condition that is causing them chronic pain, loss of mobility, and no loss of employment.  Over the course of waiting for a hearing, many of these clients are…

Social Security Case Rulings week of March 16, 2012

6th Circuit DORAN v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. March 13, 2012. Affirmed an ALJ may rely on a Vocational Experts own experience as testimony in determining the number of jobs available for DOT positions with mixed skill or exertional levels (job may be performed…